Submission Guidelines

Submission Process

Journal of intercultural communication only accepts online submissions (Click here). We use the open journals system (OJS) to overcome the timely results. The corresponding author is responsible for the submission, ensures that the coauthors are eligible, and adds all of them during the submission process. We encourage you to integrate your ORCID with your profile during registration. By logging into the OJS portal, only the assigned or corresponding author can see and check the updates. All the papers received will be submitted for peer review by members of the board of editors. This process is normally expected to take between two and four months.

Accepted File Formats [Download]

An MS Word (Office 2010-present) template is available here. You are strongly advised to consult it! A template for older versions of MS Word can be made available upon request, as can a LaTeX template. Please follow the template closely, including all directions therein, the most important of which are summarized below. Please avoid modifying the template. Please use MSWord for composing the submission, as other word processors (WordPerfect, Open Office) may interpret the template in unpredictable ways. Papers that do not conform to the template and guidelines may be rejected for publication. The template is intended to make this process as smooth and painless as possible for everyone.

Please note that the manuscript must contain the required sections. Such as, 

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Keywords-
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Data Analysis
  • Results and discussion
  • Future research and recommendations
  • Conclusions
  • Reference (For reference format)

All the Figures and Tables must be added with Captions, Funding Information(if any), Author Contributions, Conflict of Interest, and other Ethics Statements. 

Supplementary files: This may be any format, but it is recommended that you use common, non-proprietary formats where possible.

Cover Letter 

Please submit it during manuscript submission as a cover letter file. It should be concise with a summary,  About the authors, and include why this paper is relevant to the journal's scope. 

Authorship Disclosure Statements [Download]

Please download the Authorship Disclosure Statements form and submit it as a supplementary document during manuscript submission. If you feel any difficulty filling out this form, please contact our editorial office ( for your help. The submission will be considered unsuccessful or incomplete if the editorial office has not found this form attached as a supplementary document. 

Review manuscripts files

Authors submit the three files for further peer-review process.

1. First file including title, Author’s name, affiliation, email address, and ORCID.

2. The second file includes Title, abstract, keywords, introduction, literature review, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, future research, implementations, and reference.

3. Covers letter and supplementary files.

Note: To keep reviews anonymous, all authors are kindly requested to replace references to their own work in the bibliography and run text with the text to be inserted after review.

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Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript guidelines: Submissions are expected to be in English, with a preference for American English spelling. They should include an abstract of 100-150 words. They should have a maximum length of 8,000 words, including abstract, citations, bibliography, and appendices (if any). For any questions, please contact Editorial Office at

All submissions should include:

  • A title. If there is a subtitle, a colon (:) should follow the main title, and the subtitle should be on the following line. This should be followed on another line by the authors' or authors' names.
  • The mailing address and email address of all authors, with separate footnotes for each author.
  • An abstract, starting with the word “Abstract:” in bold, should precede the text. After the abstract should be four to six keywords or phrases.
  • Separate methods and results sections, followed by a discussion section, for papers reporting original empirical work.
  • A conclusions section.
  • A short biographical note at the end, just before the bibliography, in the section titled About the author(s). This should be accompanied, where possible, by a small photo of the author (150x200 pixels is fine).
  • A bibliography.

-Appendices should be kept at a minimum and preferably be short.

All sections, subsections, and subsubsections should be numbered as follows: 1. Introduction1.1 First subsection1.1.1 First subsubsection, and so on. If a given section has a subsection, it must have a minimum of two; likewise, if a given subsection has a subsubsection, it must have a minimum of two.

The first line of any new section, subsection, or subsubsection should not be indented. Any subsequent paragraphs should be indented a uniform 1cm. There should be no additional space between paragraphs. Please do not do a double return between paragraphs.

The typeface in the template is set to Times New Roman throughout. Please do not change this. Italics should be reserved for foreign words and phrases as well as specialized terms and phrases on the first reference. Boldface may be used in moderation for emphasis.

Long quotations (four lines or more) should be indented 1cm and separated from the main text (see template). Shorter quotations should be incorporated into the main text.

Headers or footers: Do not add headers or footers, and do not paginate the paper. This will be done in the final formatting process prior to publication. All papers accepted for publication will be published both in HTML and PDF format.

Footnotes: Use footnotes rather than endnotes. The footnotes will be converted to endnotes for the HTML publication of the papers.

Tables and figures: Tables and figures should be placed in the correct position in the text, referenced in the main text, and numbered consecutively. Figures should, additionally, be submitted in a standard graphical format, preferably JPG/JPEG. Tables should be preceded by an explanatory caption; figures should be followed by a caption (for example, see template). Avoid the use of shading in tables. Figures may be in full color if desired. All figures and tables should be in portrait rather than landscape mode.

Citations: In-text citations should look like this: (Kennedy 2003), (Kennedy 2003,2005), Kennedy 2003, James 2017), (Kennedy 2003, 2005; James 2017). If page numbers are indicated, they should appear like this: (Kennedy 2003: 14-17). The template includes examples of all common types of entries for the bibliography at the end: for example,

References: All references will appear at the end of the article. Please follow the examples below.

  • Broeder, P. (1991). Learning to understand interethnic communication.Issues in Applied Linguistics, 4, 57-84.
  • Clyne, M. (1994).Intercultural communication at work: Cultural values in discourse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • No comma after the name, no space or colon.

JICC is accepting APA 6th or 7th reference format. So, it's essential to include the author(s) name(s), publication year, paper title, journal name, volume number, issue number, page numbers, and DOI. We recommend to the authors add the bibliography by using the software package EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley, or Reference Manager.

The review process for a first review normally takes about 2 - 4 months. The total length of the process is dependent on how much of an article needs to be revised and how long an author needs to make the revisions.

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